WA Police no longer responding to urgent calls that St John Ambulance could not reach in time

An arrangement that saw WA Police responding to triple-0 ambulance calls paramedics could not reach in time has come to an end, but the agency can not say how many times its officers were called to assist.

The practice began in May when St John Ambulance was struggling to keep up with demand as the state’s COVID-19 wave peaked.

Those pressures came to a head when a Perth woman, Georgina Wild, died after waiting more than 2 hours for an ambulance.

In the week that followed, both WA Police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called in to assist the embattled ambulance service — an arrangement which only ended overnight.

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